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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 07:45 AM
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John Yoo, Bush's Torture Lawyer, Given Immunity by Judge from Lawsuit by Victim
John Yoo, Bush's Torture Lawyer, Given Immunity
Man who wrote memos 'authorizing' torture will not face lawsuit from victim after judges rule
- Common Dreams staff

John Yoo, the UC Berkeley law professor who penned legal memos that provided cover for President George W. Bush's torture program, can't be sued by one of the victims of that program, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Jose Padilla, left, is escorted by federal marshals in Miami in 2006. At right, John C. Yoo speaks at Chapman University in Orange in 2009. (Alan Diaz, Associated Press; Robert Lachman, Los Angeles Times) The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Jose Padilla, an American citizen arrested in 2002 and declared an "enemy combatant," may not hold professor John Yoo liable for "gross physical and psychological abuse" that Padilla said he suffered during more than three years of military detention, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We cannot say that any reasonable official in 2001-03 would have known that the specific interrogation techniques allegedly employed against Padilla, however appalling, necessarily amounted to torture," said Judge Raymond Fisher in the 3-0 ruling.

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San Francisco Chronicle: John Yoo torture suit tossed out

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped short of endorsing Yoo's conduct as a lawyer in the Justice Department, where he wrote memos approving most of the practices allegedly used against plaintiff Jose Padilla in a Navy brig - sleep deprivation, stress positions, isolation, and extremes of temperature, light and darkness.

Padilla also said his interrogators threatened to kill him, and he claimed Yoo had personally authorized his treatment.

At least some of Padilla's treatment may well constitute torture under current standards, the appeals court said. But when Yoo worked for the department in 2001-03, the three-judge panel said, courts had not yet decided that those practices were torture, or that so-called enemy combatants like Padilla had the same constitutional rights as other inmates.

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http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/03
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 08:31 AM
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1. Koko, we were both thinking of Yoo at about the same time.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 11:39 AM
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2. Wait a minute. Ninth Circuit? Where co-criminal Bybee sits?
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-12 10:35 PM
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3. Rec'd
And I really can't tell who is more despicable...Yoo or the judges who ruled on this...perhaps they should all be subjected to what Yoo approved, then they might figure it out. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-04-12 12:30 AM
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4. They should have brought in a judge from another Circuit.
You cannot rule on Yoo objectively if you share a bench with Bybee. They did the same thing--only Bybee knew he was buying a seat on the federal bench with those memos.
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